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Interpol joins Kenya in Ivory probe

11 May 2015, 21:42

Mombasa - The Kenya government on Monday said they have involved Interpol in the probe of three tonnes of ivory smuggled through the port of Mombasa that was seized in Thailand.

Cabinet Secretary for Environment Professor Judi Wakhungu confirmed that the agency has shared crucial information about the consignment that was sneaked from the port unnoticed.

Wakhungu said Interpol is working with an interagency team formed to probe the alleged cartel of illegal ivory trade.

The team comprises Kenya Ports Authority (KPA), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), National intelligence Unit (NIS), Directorate of Criminal department and Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).

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"We are at a very advanced stage with this investigation to find out where the gaps were and who the perpetrators are. We will be receiving news of arrests very soon," Wakhungu said.

Wakhungu said the probe is ongoing in Bangkok and in Mombasa respectively. The detectives are narrowing on companies involving in clearing the containers from the entry to exit point without detections.

The 511 pieces of ivory was found on April 25 in a container disguised as tea leaves transported from Mombasa to Thailand.

The team will also investigate claims that part of the consignment was court exhibits that were stolen and reshipped to Bangkok.

Thai authorities have been quoted saying part of the tusks were exhibits that were seized in Asian Market and sent back to Africa as part of international investigation.

Mombasa County commissioner Nelson Marwa said the government demands answers on how the container loaded with ivory was shipped out of the port undetected.

Marwa said heads must role and those responsible will be arrested to face the law.


- Xinhua

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